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Almond Milk and Banana Smoothie

Hello, everyone. KK here. Before I share my delicious recipe for the almond milk and banana smoothie, I have to take you back a few years. At that time, my work-life balance was heavily, as in almost exclusively, skewed toward work. Every once in a while though, I’d break free for Girls’ Night Out. One of those times was a cold, damp New York night. I came up with a million reasons why I didn’t want to go out. Thankfully though, they didn’t work.

So I met up with a girlfriend I hadn’t seen in months. We’d done a few laps around the bar and then commandeered the only two seats left, next to a guy she kinda knew and his friend.

The conversation went something like this. Me: “Hi, I’m Kathryn. I’m vegan and work in fashion.” His friend: “Hi, my wife is vegetarian, works in fashion, and oh, I have this really cute friend, who’s also vegan. Do you know him?” Surely if he was vegan, then we must know each other. I laughed. This vegan friend of his told me he also happened to be studying raw plant-based cuisine in Oklahoma. I was crying at this point from laughing so hard! I grew up in Texas. Vegans didn’t really exist there, and he thinks I’m going to believe there was a raw, vegan culinary institute in Oklahoma City? Uh-huh. Right.

Well, turns out, I had a thing or two to learn. The Matthew Kenney Academy did exist in Oklahoma. And that vegan friend of his, well, he’s now one of my closest friends and frequent collaborator, Nicolas Torrent.

Nicolas has a different approach to health and wellness, and isn’t one to get caught up in buzzwords or the latest superfood trend. Distinguishing himself as one of the most diverse and experimental plant-based chef’s in the industry, implementing new flavors, techniques, exotic combinations, and ingredients to his cuisine, he graduated from the International School of Detoxification, and was mentored by Dr. Robert Morse ND, considered the most respected and experienced naturopath in the world (student of Bernard Jensen). Nicolas’ food style, experience, and knowledge have led him to create high-performance health programs for elite-level professional athletes and many world-famous celebrities. Clients including the number-one supermodel in the world and her very athletic husband, a Brat Packer turned Charlie’s Angel, an actress who’s created quite the Scandal, and a guy who’s turning our world into a virtual playground. None vegan, but all share a common goal—the desire for optimal health.

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In fact, true health isn’t complicated, nature having provided everything we need to thrive. We just need to shift our focus from processed foods to whole foods, and not get hung up on how much protein, calories, fat, sugar, or singular nutritional value make up this or that. We are the sum of all our parts, and nature designed food that way too.

So keep it simple and try Nicolas’ fresh almond milk in this almond milk and banana smoothie recipe. This is a personal favorite and the perfect complement to my morning breakfast smoothie!

Almond Milk and Banana Smoothie
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 cups organic, raw, sprouted almonds
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 4½ cups PH balanced alkaline water (My favorite is Essentia Water)
  • 5 pitted organic Medjool dates
  • 1 spoonful of coconut oil/ butter (my favorites are Tropical Traditions or Nutiva)
  • 1 organic vanilla bean pod
  • dash of pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 4-5 organic ripe bananas (the more brown spots the better)
  • 1½ tbsp of organic cinnamon
  • ½ tsp of organic nutmeg
  • 1 Vitamix
  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • 1 nut milk bag
  • 1 large glass container with seal-tight lid
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl pour 2 cups of organic, raw, sprouted almonds and cover with the 3 cups of filtered water. Let soak for at least four hours, but preferably overnight.
  2. Once organic almonds have soaked for at least four hours, rinse, drain and place in the Vitamix.
  3. Pour in 4 ½ cups of PH balanced alkaline water, 5 pitted organic Medjool dates, 1 spoonful of coconut oil/ butter, 1 organic vanilla bean pod and a dash of pink Himalayan sea salt.
  4. Puree for about 2 minutes (unless you have the LIQUID setting on your Vitamix, in which case, set to that and let run its course).
  5. Take one large mixing bowl and place the nut milk bag inside.
  6. Once the mixture is pureed, hold the nut milk bag in one hand and pour the nutmilk mixture (with the other hand) into the bag till all contents from the Vitamix have been poured in.
  7. Twist and hold the top of the nut milk bag together and squeeze. Keep squeezing till the liquid has stopped coming out. Yes, you’ll feel like you’re milking a cow!
  8. Once empty, dump the nut milk discards either in the garbage or into your compost pile.
  9. Wash out the nut milk bag and repeat steps 5-7. At this point there should be very little, if any almond milk discards in the nut milk bag.
  10. Transfer the almond milk into your large glass container with a seal-tight lid.

    Smoothie Instructions
  11. Rinse out the Vitamix container.
  12. Pour 1-1½ cups of fresh almond milk into the Vitamix.
  13. Place 4-5 peeled organic ripe bananas into the Vitamix along with 1½ tablespoons of organic cinnamon and ½ teaspoon of nutmeg.
  14. Puree for about 2 minutes (unless you have the LIQUID setting on your Vitamix, in which case, set to that and let run its course).
  15. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!
  16. NOTES
  17. (A) You can peel the almond skins off, or leave them on.
  18. (B) Since this recipe makes more than one 8-ounce smoothie, I just keep my Vitamix with me, and refill.
  19. Makes 4-5 cups of fresh almond milk.
Notes
Almond milk is best within 3 days.

Hope you enjoy!

xoxox
kk

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